A&A Supplement series, Vol. 127, Mars I 1998, 369-375
Received January 20; accepted July 11, 1997
A.N. Ramaprakash - R. Gupta - A.K. Sen - S.N. Tandon
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Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Post Bag 4, Ganeshkhind, Pune - 411 007, India
Department of Physics, Assam University, Silchar - 788 001, India
Taking advantage of the advances in array detector technology, an imaging polarimeter (IMPOL) has been constructed for measuring linear polarization in the wavelength band from 400-800 nm. It makes use of a Wollaston prism as the analyzer to measure simultaneously the two orthogonal polarization components that define a Stoke's parameter. An achromatic half-wave plate is used to rotate the plane of polarization with respect to the axis of the analyzer so that the second Stoke's parameter also can be determined. With a field of view corresponding to about for a 1.2 m, f/13 telescope, a sensitive, liquid- cooled CCD camera as the detector and a built-in acquisition and guidance unit, the instrument can be used for studying stellar fields or extended objects with an angular resolution of . The instrumental polarization is less than 0.05% and the accuracies of measurement are primarily limited by photon noise for typical observations.
keywords: instrumentation: polarimeters -- techniques: polarimetry -- polarization